“…love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”
On these pages are beloved Minis gone from our lives, but forever cherished in our hearts and memories. Each had a story, all were loved.
If you have a rescued mini you would like to add to our page, please send pictures, dates and a short bio (ideally 250 words or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Loving Memory of Lexi - September, 2019
Our sweet Lexi girl who we adopted from MSRH on Sept. 6, 2015 passed away on Sept. 18, 2019. Lexi was a Schnauzer poodle mix and 6-7 months old when we adopted her. She brought us great joy, laughter and love. We enjoyed taking Lexi on many RV trips and even to Canada.
Lexi was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) in May 2019 and responded well to a transfusion and prednisone and enjoyed being her energetic and fun self until a relapse on Sept 12, 2019. She had more transfusions but her little body destroyed her red blood cells too fast. She had amazing, caring medical teams headed by Dr. Sharon Theisen at Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital in Round Rock, Block House Creek Animal Hospital in Cedar Park, Animal Care Center in San Marcos and Dr. Paula Baker in Port Aransas.
Lexi fought an incredible fight against AIHA and she is now chasing squirrels at the Rainbow Bridge. We love our sweet Lexi and miss her every day. She will always be our baby girl and definitely left paw prints on our hearts. We are heartbroken & so sad!
~ Kay Wolking Bratton
and Richard Bratton
In Loving Memory of Abby - September, 2019
Abby was born December 12, 2006 along with her brother Darwin. I adopted the two together from MSRH. Darwin passed from liver cancer early on and Abby was found to have a heart murmur. I made sure Abby was not stressed on walks when it was warm outside for the sake of her heart. When I took her in, my vet seemed ok with her condition. Abby began to lose her health when she began to have labored breathing presumably caused by the murmur. She then had stomach problems and refused to eat, ending in a seizure.
Abby loved me very much and only I got licks on the fingers or face from her. I gave her the best care possible and watched to make sure she stayed out of trouble in the back yard. She always lay near me when I was on the computer and was with me on the sofa when watching TV. Abby always made sure I knew it was supper time at 3 pm. She was such a sweet baby! I loved them all but she was the wild one that brought them together, sometimes playing like puppies with Hunter. She will be missed so very much. Now Abby and Darwin are together on the other side of the mini schnauzer rainbow together again and waiting patiently for me.
~ Derk Blankinship
In Loving Memory of Zoey - August, 2019
I adopted my girl from y’all in 2012 when she was 4 years old. She came with the name Zula but I ended up changing it to Zoey. She was super hesitant about people, but I was determined to show her not all of them are bad. I thankfully succeeded and she ended up loving everyone around us.
I was just a freshman in college but was still approved for her. I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am that I got the chance to be her mommy. She was my little canine soul mate 100%. Everyone who met her said she was the perfect match for me. She went through a lot with me and I miss her so much. I lost her to chronic illness Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. I was with her until the very end.
I will forever miss the little click of claws following right behind me everywhere I went, the way she pitched a fit anytime I wasn’t petting her and I should have been according to her, her loud howls when someone walked in the door and “forgot” to say hello to her first, and the fact that literally every blanket that came into her site - new or old - she got to try first because she loved blankets that much. Thank you for everything this rescue does. One day I’m hoping to find another schnauzer that I can show love to and prove that not all humans are bad.
~ Katie Tatum (Brock)
In Loving Memory of Xada - July, 2019
Our dear Xada “Piddle Dog” passed away July 30, 2019 at the age of 14 years and 27 days. She developed congestive heart failure and was being treated with medications. However, her little heart had just had enough and it was time to take flight. In her final days, one could tell she was growing impatient with herself in that she couldn’t do things the way she wanted to. When we arrived at the ER, my wife, Shila, held her in a blanket and Xada just laid her head against Shila’s chest and closed her eyes. She was ready for the next adventure.
We adopted Xada In October, 2009 while she was being fostered by Herb Hays. We were able to enjoy Xada’s unconditional love and loyalty for almost 10 years, and the joy and love she brought into our home is immeasurable. She loved to romp and zoom and protected us all by barking at passers by in the greenbelt behind our house.
She formed a somewhat aloof bond with her step-sister, Haley and, although she rarely played with them, she told Haley in no uncertain terms that the basket full of toys was HERS….Haley never even sniffed them again. She slept in the bed with us from day one and we loved having her there.
We envision Xada with a little pack of other Piddle Dogs sniffing the wind and zooming as they please. We love you Piddle Dog and you will be sorely missed. We’d like to thank everyone at MSRH for all the hard work they perform for this breed.
~ Ronnie and Shila Mahle
In Loving Memory of Kimmie Sue July, 2019
Kimmie Sue came into our MSRH rescue in January, 2008 and became our foster. We adopted her after her treatment in June of 2009. She passed at the age of 15 yrs. in July, 2019.
~ Karen Coleman
In Loving Memory of Harry - April, 2019
Our beloved Harry passed away on April 26th at the age of 14 years. He had developed a leaky heart valve and was on meds but up to his last day, we were amazed at how much energy he had for an older guy. He was the pack's leader to the end. He passed in his sleep that night, picking the quiet time to go see what was next for him.
We adopted Harry through MSRH in December, 2008. The past 11 years spent with him were fabulous ones and he was every bit a part of our family as any of us. Harry loved to go on walks with us at night and bark at the squirrels ... and neighbors ... and the moon. He was constantly getting after his pack mate Nikki who had a habit of trying to steal love from us, love that Harry believed was his. We called him the little general.
Harry is running somewhere in some field today. His heart isn't leaking, his cough is gone and I'm sure he is still in charge of everything and everyone around him. We like to think he looks down on us every once in a while.
To everyone at MSRH, you all did good work. For Harry of course, but also for Angus, and Ella, and for me, especially for me. Thanks for all you do! Here's to Harry!
~ Greg McFarlane
In Loving Memory of Riley - January, 2019
Riley came into our hearts and home on May 30, 2009. When we adopted him his name was Ricky, and we renamed him Riley to honor my mother’s family name. We could not have asked for a better dog. He had character, charm, humor, and was always ready to greet you with a wagging nobber, and a glint in his eyes. He loved to ‘hunt’ and chase anything that would run from him. And some of those varmints he caught and destroyed in quick order. He loved to go on the boat with us, and was a great traveller on the road. We could take him anywhere, let him out and he would stay within a close distance to us, with never a hint of exploring without us. He loved walking through the woods and we tried to do that nearly everyday.
He was my best friend, my shadow, my protector and I miss him very much. Riley crossed the rainbow bridge on January 18, 2019 after a short battle with prostate cancer that quickly moved through his body. He was a brave boy right to the end. We love you Riley, you were the best.
~ Trish Pannell and Ron Griffin
In Loving Memory of Noni
We adopted Noni in July, 2010 when she was 7-1/2 years old. She passed in January, 2019
~ Karen Coleman
In Loving Memory of Houston - December, 2018
I adopted Houston from MSRH in April, 2015. I knew what her name was going to be before I even adopted her. I had a license plate engraved and mounted on my truck, with her name, “Houston” and the silhouette of a schnauzer on it, and drove all the way from Michigan to Houston to adopt her.
Houston fit right in with my other two schnauzers, Cookie and Suellen. For the short time we had her, Houston filled our life with love and joy. She had a personality that lit up the room. Houston lives on in our hearts forever.
~ Judith Butcher
In Loving Memory of Sweet KC - December, 2018
KC crossed the Rainbow Bridge today, December 31, 2018. He had CHF & had been under treatment for several years. His passing was still unexpected this morning.
He was a lover with beautiful brown eyes, always smiling while wagging his nobber. He loved to survey his surroundings and would sit regally on the patio looking for any encroaching threat. He was deeply loved & will be missed immensely. Thank you for allowing me to adopt him. He was always a gentleman.
~ Amy Wheat
In Loving Memory of Brooks - December, 2018
Brooks came to our home 6 years ago at the age of 4 from MSRH rescue. He could not have been more than the sweetest and most tender hearted dog that we’ve ever had. At first he was so sensitive to any sounds such as opening a can of soda pop. Even to this day he was super sensitive to digital sounds. He had been kenneled the first four years of his life by his previous owner and he knew no other life than that. We loved him for his sweetness. He didn’t like the squeaky in his toys as it easily scared him, but he loved his toys and would carry each one outside with him. Today, December 31, 2018, we had to say goodbye to our beloved and very sweet Brooks. He will be missed so much!
~ Chaviva McEntire
Psalms 84:11 "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly."
In Loving Memory of Pia - October, 2018
A part of my left arm is missing. My beloved Pia crossed the rainbow bridge on October 30, 2018. She was my joy, my life, my reason for contentment, my shadow. I fostered Pia and fell in love with her, adopting her in December, 2014. She was my “snuggle buddy.” When I slept, her little butt was up on my back; when I was on the computer, she was in my lap; when I was eating, she was sitting on the floor beside me; and when I was watching TV or sitting reading in my big chair, she was on my left side, if not in my lap.
She was the neighborhood “Welcome Lady.” She would get out of the fence and go visit the neighbors who would give her treats and put a note on my door stating she was visiting until I got home. In other words she was a very personable “baby.” She was the neighborhood visitor until the fence was finally fixed with boards in the ground so she couldn’t dig out. She had kidney disease and I had her longer than I thought I would, but it still wasn’t long enough. I miss her terribly and know I will continue to miss her. I also know my other schnauzers that have already crossed the Rainbow Bridge (Heather, Hydee, and Charla) will take good care of her until I can be with them all. Don’t fail to adopt a Schnauzer -- the loss is painful, but the joy is worth it all!
In Loving Memory of Beau - October 2018
Beau was adopted from MSRH in July of 2014. He spent almost two and half years in Lubbock, Texas before moving to South Bend, Indiana. Beau was a great little dog, and he was a friend to everyone he came into contact with. He was a joy to have in my life. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.
~ Ryan Kaspitzke
In Loving Memory of Perry - August 2018
Perry was my companion from March of 2007 til August 6, 2018. He was one of the sweetest boys and was very friendly with humans and other pets.
Run free with Noele, Lucas and Simon my sweet boy. Until we meet again.
In Loving Memory of Sidney Darbonne - August 2018
My name was Sidney. I thought I was loved by the folks that cared for me but I figured out that they either grew tired of me or maybe I was sickly or too costly or maybe I got lost. I didn't like to think they dumped me to get rid of me. One day a kind lady (Ms. Marilyn) found me and took me in but she had others to care for so she found me a new couple to live with.
So, I moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana in May 2010 as a foster. I believe I finally found someone to love and care for me and in July 2010 they adopted me. I think mom said it's called a "Foster Failure" LOL!! They treated me as I had always been theirs. As I grew old I got sickly and developed cancer. No one has ever been as kind and loving as Becky and Lenny have been to me. Until we meet again Mom and Dad! P.S. Tell Maw Maw Nona that she was my favorite too!!
In Loving Memory of Casey Phillip - August 2018
After our beautiful Casey died suddenly on August 8, 2018, we received many comments about how lucky she was to have found us. However, we were the lucky ones. For the entire seven months that she was with us, this smart loving dog gave us nonstop enjoyment.
We called her the dancing dog. Whether it was a greeting at the door, going to the dog park, preparing to eat or just getting up in the morning, Casey would be dancing with all four feet and wiggling her whole body with excitement. She was super friendly and was instantly best buddies with our other dogs, Molly & Penny, who were also adopted from MSRH. When we adopted Casey, she had already been diagnosed with liver and kidney cancer. We knew her time with us was limited. Fortunately, she was always happy and active.
We are thankful to the numerous folks at MSRH, who always go above and beyond to give dogs like Casey the opportunity for a wonderful life. Although it was much too short, we are grateful for the time we had with Casey. She will be missed enormously.
~ Melissa & David Phillip
In Loving Memory of Brooke
In Loving Memory of Eddie Bauer
In Loving Memory of Clover - June 2018
We lost Clover the morning of June 27, 2018. I adopted her from MSRH in March of 2016 (she was known as Marilyn or Marlee). Clover slipped peacefully away in her sleep; she had congestive heart failure. I am absolutely devastated, but so thankful it worked out this way. Her one little front leg that she had left was so arthritic, and the thought of putting an IV in it broke my heart. But we didn’t have to go that route. Clover must have had an awful life before MSRH stepped in. She was a very happy girl those last 2-1/2 years though. So happy, she was such a loving part of our family. Here’s a picture of her on a cold winter day last year. I will always treasure her!
~ Cheryl Moore
In Loving Memory of Elliott - June 2018
We adopted Elliott October 29, 2016. He is our second mini we have adopted from MSRH. He passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, from renal failure. He was already in a fairly advanced stage of renal failure when we adopted him, but that didn't sway us from taking him into our home.
Elliott was a very sweet boy, who loved to be outside whenever you were, and especially loved to play with our neighbor's dog. He had quirky ears -- those that only a mother could love! We didn't get to have him in our lives for very long, but he made a huge impact on our hearts, and we will always miss him.
~ Jo Downing
In Loving Memory of George Dell Rath - May 2018
It’s been 2 months since my sweet Georgie crossed the Rainbow Bridge after a year of courageously fighting acute & chronic pancreatitis, diabetes & rapid onset blindness at age 12 years, 11 months -- he would have been 13 on July 4th.
I adopted Georgie at 2 years of age from Mini Schnauzer Rescue/Houston in 2007 – and he rescued me! He was sent to MSRH as “Jack” – but didn’t like that name, and he chose “George!” He was “Mr. September” in the 2007 MSRH calendar that year! He was such a great little dog—very protective, SMART(!), and loved by all, and always so very brave, especially this last year with so many vet visits, lots of meds and insulin twice a day. I miss him so very much! Rest well, my sweet boy.
~ Linda Rath
In Loving Memory of Maggie - April 2018
Maggie rescued me as much as I rescued her after I arrived to live in Houston after moving from the UK. We both found ourselves in unfamiliar surroundings but with the love and support of all around us.
Maggie was 12 yrs when we rescued her in January 2015. I recall the day I picked her up at her foster moms she still had a plastic cone on after surgery and she sat in the front seat of my car as we drove home watching the world go by most probably wondering where her next adventure will take her.
We all fell in love with her straight away and have enjoyed three funny, loving years together. It was only after watching her deteriorate through a combination of old age and diabetes that we decided it was time to say goodbye. On her last day we took her for our routine walk, fed her with her favorite food, and made sure she was tightly wrapped in the arms of those that had loved her dearly as she went over rainbow bridge.
Loved, missed, and will never be forgotten.
~ Jon, Kenny, and Cassie
In Loving Memory of Jill
We rescued Jill from a shelter in May 2005. She was the sweetest girl and my best friend. She didn’t let me leave the room without being on my heels. She was a mama’s girl. When she was obviously hurting after the new year, we knew we weren’t going to put her through a bunch of tests and surgeries. Putting her down was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. She is now in an urn in our home, and I see her every day. I had her for almost 13 years, and she was a gift! I’ll always love my Jill!!
~ Marjie Doleman
In Loving Memory of Rascal
I adopted Rascal in 2010 from MSRH, when he was about 1 year old. He passed away March 18, 2018 of osteosarcoma at the age of about 8 years old. He and I have been through a lot over the past few years, and he was my best friend. I miss him dearly, but I am ever so thankful for our time together.
~ Cindy Lott
In Loving Memory of Edison - February 2018
We lost our Edison the morning of February 19, 2018. He was diagnosed two weeks earlier with bone cancer and we kept him comfortable with medication and vet care. He passed away in his sleep outside napping on the patio on a beautiful day with a warm breeze and all his brothers and sisters playing nearby.
Thank you so much for putting Edison in our lives and allowing us to be his forever family. He brought so much love into our lives and will always be a part of our family. Even though he came to us in his senior years, he never gave less than a 110%. He will be missed and always loved. Thank you for everything and reassuring us that he was happy.
~ Oscar De Los Santos and Carla Saravia
In Loving Memory of Brooke Elaine Bacon - February, 2018
My beloved Brooke Elaine crossed the Bridge on February 4, 2018. I adopted her from MSRH the day after losing Candy Cane in 2009. Karen Coleman took me around to meet minis and I fell in love with her the moment we met. She loved the beach house and although a people dog, she tolerated Clarisse and Whitley when they joined the pack.
Cancer sucks..her decline began in March 2017. She was stoic and as her collar said...the “Queen Bitch”. May she run free with Patia and Candy Cane until I see her again. Love you always my sweet girl.
~ Karin Bacon
In Loving Memory of Charla - December 2017
In early 2011 after my Schnauzer Heather crossed the rainbow bridge Marylin brought me a very shy little black eight pound girl to foster. On September 27, 2011 I adopted my beautiful baby, Charla. It took her a long time to trust me, but she came around and even gave me kisses. Charla’s kidneys gave out and she crossed the rainbow bridge on December 29, 2017. We had six great years and even though she was the typical child (ornery at times) I dearly loved her. For the most part she got along with her sisters Hydee (Who crossed the Rainbow Bridge December 4. 2017) and Pia. I’m so grateful to still have Pia. When I first got Charla she didn’t even know how to jump – we fixed that problem. She was so loveable and I miss her greatly. She was my protector. She barked if anyone was near and met me every night. Pia is hard of hearing so she can’t tell when I come home. I really miss them meeting me every night. She took a part of my heart with her.
In Loving Memory of Zoe Goldwait - December 2017
We are so grateful to MSRH for rescuing Zoe so we could adopt her. She was such a sweet, caring, smart dog who our Fox Terrier-Chihuahua bonded to immediately. She never seemed bothered as he jumped all over her and was his guide on how to be a great member of the family. She also loved and protected each one of our family of seven, especially the head of household. She never left his side except to provide comfort and/or protection to another ill or sad family member. She always seemed to know when you needed her. We miss her dearly and will always love Zoe. We are so happy to have been able to have had the opportunity to shower her with love and a good life.
~ Patrick & Kelly Goldwait
In Loving Memory of Bentley William - May 2017
Bentley William was taken from us much too quickly. A true angel who was so very happy and energetic the whole time he spent with us. Even at 10 pounds in size, he always announced to the world he was present with his distinctive voice. Having Bentley in our lives was such a gift.
Bentley William was 2 years old when he entered our home and departed over the rainbow bridge in his tenth year because of a defective heart. His endless love of us and “L.T.”, his buddy who was also adopted at the same time, was deep and complete. Hie presence still surrounds our hearts.
~ Walt Kellam & Don Barnett
In Loving Memory of Sasha Konter - March 2017
I was going to “foster” Sasha. That lasted all of 5 minutes. The hope was that she and Ben (who went over the rainbow bridge in 2015) would bond. She was having none of that. She was a momma’s girls from the minute she got home. All that mattered to her was her mom and she didn’t want her pesky brother to interfere with that. She was one of those dogs that immediately knew what was going on with you and reacted to it. She insisted on sleeping next to my head until I got a much needed CPAP machine and she no longer felt like she had to be there if I stopped breathing for too long. Whatever I was feeling, Sasha mimicked those feeling.
After Ben passed away, we got Miko and all though it surprised us all, within a couple of weeks Sasha was Miko’s protector (of course he let her be boss). She was very sad when he went over the rainbow bridge in December. She had been battling kidney disease for over a year and seemed to be doing well, when suddenly she didn’t want to eat and multiple organs were inflamed and/or not functioning right or well. Nothing we did worked and I couldn’t let her suffer. She went over the rainbow bridge on March 16, just a week before her assigned 14th birthday. I love you sweet pea, you will always be in my heart.
~ Susan Konter
In Loving Memory of Hank Loeffler
We adapted Hank from MSRH in February of 2010 and we were blessed to have him with us for seven years. Hank was a good, sweet, happy, loyal and lively little boy. We could not have wished for any more or for any better.
He was a huge part of our lives and he wanted to be involved in anything that we did. He could always make us laugh and lighten our spirits. Hank loved chasing squirrels, riding in the car, taking walks and of course snuggling. We will always love and miss our little buddy.
~ Ken Loeffler
In Loving Memory of Baxter Paire - February 2017
The first photo won my heart on the MSRH website. I just had to meet him...and so I drove out to the foster mom's house where he was waiting for me. We met on the living room floor and played for a while then he went to the front door and stood up on his back legs with his front feet up on the door as if to say "Ok, I've been waiting for you and you're here, so let's hit the road!". That was the start of an amazing love affair between us. Baxter was a rescue from Port Arthur, thank goodness he was saved from the pound there by MSRH angels.
Because he was a rescue, we didn't know how old Mr Baxter was. I think that the vet was confused by his grey hair (they say it adds years to your looks, right?) when he told me that Baxter was 7 when we went for our first checkup! He couldn't have been 7 because he lived with me for 13 happy, barky years and that would have made him 20! On February 27th, my Baxter had to cross the rainbow bridge because he had severe heart failure and the medications just couldn't keep him with us any longer. An angel hospice vet named Dr. Spade came to spend some time with us at home, and she helped my beloved Baxter be comfortable as he went ahead to the next world where I pray he'll be waiting for me when I arrive. I'll never forget my "Baxter", my beloved sweet man. Now he lives in my heart forever....I love you, sweet Baxter.
~ Shreda Paire
In Loving Memory of Miko Kennedy-Konter - December 2016
Miko came to MSRH as a very sick senior with a heart murmur, high blood pressure and needing all but 4 teeth extracted. His foster mom Brenda Kennedy took great care of him and really had a hard time letting go and allowing me to become his new mom. We always kept her in the loop. After all she was and will always be his is other mom. We didn’t know if Sasha (his sister by adoption) would accept him but she did. In fact, more than we ever thought would be the case, even taking on the role of his protector.
Miko was one of the sweetest schnauzers anyone could ever meet. Unlike most miniature schnauzers, he was extremely quiet. If he saw another person or dog he didn’t know he would give a single bark just to make sure you knew a stranger was there but that was it. And he would make a funny little noise if Sasha tried to take his precious cookies. He had special cookies and he loved those cookies, cheerios, and sweet potato puffs. And he would look at you with pure love.
A very aggressive form of cancer came along and it worsened his heart condition causing congestive heart failure. At the same time the cancer seemed to go to his brain causing seizures and disorientation. I could not let him suffer. Miko went peacefully over the rainbow bridge on December 16th 2016. But he will live our hearts forever.
~ Susan Konter
In Loving Memory of Henry McCoy- January 2017
“The brightest stars burn out twice as quickly…”
Henry came into my life along with Arthur- both rescued from MSRH back in 2008. I had adopted both of them as “Oscar’s Angels” – my previous mini that lived a long and happy life 2 weeks short of his 15th birthday. I’m a caretaker of elderly parents and the loss of Oscar was so hard on them that I reasoned that “it would take two to fill in the void of the loss of the one.” Henry was introduced to me at a “Dog Spa” where he came out fresh, clean, and prancing. My father took one look at his face, giant eyes and energetic gait and knew right away “yep – he’s ours.”
The vet’s office called my two terrors “The Two Kings” due to their energetic nature, proud entrances, emphatic barks to announce their presence, and ... their names Arthur and Henry. I enjoyed nearly 9 years with them together. About 3 years ago I noticed he wouldn’t bark any more – then it became pretty apparent that he lost his hearing. It took me a while to learn how to communicate with hand gestures, but we picked up right where we left off otherwise. Back in July of 2016, Henry started showing signs of Cushing’s disease and we began treatment. Around January 7th, his appetite diminished and couldn’t even hold down water. He spent the weekend in bed.
My father took him in on Tuesday, the 10th and the doctor said there was absolutely nothing she could do. She had no explanation for why his condition degraded so quickly. He knew, and she knew that there was probably no coming back from this, and he did the only merciful thing he could. Henry passed around noon on a bright, sunny and unusually warm January afternoon, about 2 months shy of his 10th birthday. My father arrived at my work several hours later in tears to tell me. I was upset that he didn’t tell me earlier so I could be there, but I understood why he did what he did. I was there for our Oscar; he was there for my Henry. The house is unusually solemn and quiet these past few days and Arthur’s been looking for “his buddy” for days. I’m already in the process of finding Arthur a companion so he’s not alone and in good spirits. Henry was the Walter Matthau and Arthur was the Jack Lemmon (in age, in demeanor, and in personality – and like those legendary greats – Matthau exited stage left first. I’ll never forget him – he was the first pet I’ve ever had in my 38 years that I could honestly say “was mine.” Raising Schnauzers is a lesson in humility, patience, and sacrifice knowing what possible ailments the breed carries – but I can’t have it any other way.
~ Shawn McCoy
Schnauzer owner to many, but truly a companion only to one
In Loving Memory of Sheldon Dunning- January 2017
This is Sheldon (aka Taz). We adopted him on 30 June 2013 from MSRH (we picked him up @ Caynon Lake, along the Guadalupe River). Our beloved Sheldon crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 3 January 2017 following an unexpected and aggressive diagnosis of stage 4 hemangiosarcoma @ NC State Veterinary Medical School Hospital.
Sheldon quickly became a member of our house the day he came home with us. When he met his older brother, Tiberius, it was as though they were long lost litter mates. He never met a stranger and melted everyone's heart with his gentle personality and soulful round black eyes.
Sheldon enjoyed living in Hawaii for two years (6/14 to7/16) until our move to Ft Bragg, NC in July 2016.
Thank You MSRH for this beautiful gentle, kind soul wrapped in a white schnauzer suit. He was truly a gift and he is missed tremendously.
Although our hearts are broken, I know Sheldon has taken a piece of his mommy & daddy's heart with him so he can listen to our heartbeats so he can truly rest in peace until we reunite.
~ Debbie & David & Tiberius
In Loving Memory of Thor Nadler - November 2016
It has been over five weeks since I lost you and I still miss you every day. I know this is because of how much I love you, and how lucky I was to find my “canine soul mate.” I will never forget the first time I saw you when I went to the Vet pick up a dog to foster. I took one look at you, way too skinny and trembling with fear, and knew there was no way I could leave you there. I remember that night we stared at each other, and I at least was thinking now what? But we figured it out, and within days I knew there was no way I could let you go. You gave me six wonderful years of love, fun, laughter. You protected me, especially from the daily invasion of mail through the door slot. I protected you from thunder storms, which, ironically considering your name, terrified you. I am thankful that I never took you for granted. I loved and cherished you every day – even the day when I came home to a toilet-paper blizzard courtesy of a Costco mega-pack and your exceptional shredding skills. One day, I will have another dog in my life. He or she will be a tribute to you and to the wonderful relationship we had. I will love this new dog, but it will never replace you and the Thor-shaped hole in my heart.
In Loving Memory of Boudreaux Granger - August 2016
I adopted Boudreaux (formerly Joseph) from MSRH October 2008, right after Hurricane IKE. He was found walking the streets, skinny and in an awful mess. When I saw his little face on the MSRH site, I knew I had to adopt him because he looked so pitiful that he might not find a home! So I drove from Austin to ColdSpring to his foster's home. He barked at me, then laid over in my lap like a baby and let me rub his tummy. It was love at first sight.
I believe he came to me to save my life. I was so lonely and when I adopted my 'Sweet Daddy Boudreaux', then I had a new reason to get out and about. He was my traveling buddy, my snuggler, my confidante, my best friend in the whole world. He came to me with a heart murmur, then arthritis, eventually he lost nearly lost all hearing and sight. In April, I discovered he was in liver failure. I was devastated. I spent a fortune to keep him comfortable. He died in my arms August 27.
My heart is broken into pieces. I am devastated and have not stopped crying. I miss his sweet face, his unhappy, disheveled look when I woke him up in the mornings, his gentle way of laying on my chest and letting me love him and shower him with kisses.
Boudreaux was 14 years old. I plan to ask God one day why the perfect companion has such a short life and sea turtles live to be 150. Sigh.
~ Lisa Granger... always Boudreaux's mommy
In Loving Memory of Minnie DiCicco - September 2016
Minnie (formerly Lily) was such a beautiful little girl who was so well behaved and lovable and sweet. She was the most wonderful companion and her time with us was just much too short. She was so precious with a one of a kind and gentle personality. She had become very sick all of a sudden in the past week and we were stunned to find out she had liver cancer that could not be treated. We miss her every day!! Our hearts are broken. Thank you to all of you who worked with her in her training, you did a wonderful job.
~ Maria DiCicco
In Loving Memory of KellyGirl Virgadamo
Kelly, our "KellyGirl" has crossed over the rainbow bridge this morning after a lengthy illness. She came to us 8 years ago as a foster with Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston, terrified of people, because she had been abused at only 2 years old. She had epilepsy caused by a wire that was tied around her neck and massive heartworms. Although she suffered greatly from that all her life, she was a happy, healthy dog but alas, at only ten years old, her body was just worn down and we couldn't watch her suffer anymore. She passed over in Dennis' arms, where she spent most of her time, with us and Diva and Bingo by her side.
~ Laura Virgadamo
In Loving Memory Joshua Paul Beene
Joshua was rescued from a Dallas Shelter and was already a little old man when we received him.We were just going to hang on to Josh for a few days until we had a good foster for him or until he got adopted. After several days, maybe weeks, it was apparent that Joshua would be a Forever Foster with MSRH due to his age and all of his little ailments. After two and half years with us, and so very many happy memories, Joshua woke up one morning and let me know he was tired, really, really tired. I always knew he would be the one to let me know, for some reason Joshua and I connected - we had a bond that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
On June 30, 2016 when it was time to say goodbye, Joshua crossed over with his momma (I had adopted him by this time) right there. I wouldn’t have it any other way. As sad as I am without Joshua in my life, I wouldn’t have missed him for the world. I wouldn’t have missed Joshua for all the money in the world.
~ Tammy Beene
In Loving Memory of Toby Stippel - May 2016
Toby came to us in the summer of 2009 thanks to the match making skills of Marilyn. My wife and I had just settled into our very first house and we were looking for something to make the house a home. From the very first day he began to touch our hearts. After every hard day of work I would come home to him begging for a treat and after I settled in on the recliner he would climb up next to me and take a nap til dinner. You could usually find him passed out on dads pillow or cooling off on the wood floor under the bed. He loved to eat, sleep, snuggle, and did I mention eat? He endured many medical hardships over the years but was always in good spirits. His other fur brother that we also adopted from MSRH looked out for him as his sight and health began to fade. He will always be loved and cherished. Toby wasn't just a dog. He was my dog, he was my best friend and I know we will meet again. Forever and always.
~ Zach and Heather Stippel
In Loving Memory of Roux Newby - January 2016
My sweet little boy Roux lost his battle with Lymphosarcoma on January 3, 2016. He crossed over the rainbow bridge in my arms surrounded by his Grandma and Aunt who loved him so much.
The first time I saw Roux it was love at first sight, my heart literally melted! That little guy had me wrapped around his paw, I would have done anything for him. He was so sweet and loving and never met a stranger. I am truly blessed to have found him even for the short time he was with me and to have been able to be called his forever Mom. My house just isn’t the same without the pitter patter of his paws on the hard wood and his excited greetings when I walk through the door. I will forever miss him and the joy he brought to my life. I love you Buddy!
~ Alicia Newby
In Loving Memory of Lola Harrington - December 2015
Lola came to us in 2007, another of our failed fosters. She had an adopter, but I couldn’t let her go because from the moment she came, she was MY dog, my special love and it was that way until she left us. Always beside me, always with me - I even had to put a pillow between the front seats of the car so that she could ride there, usually with a paw on my arm. I have loved many Schnauzers, but she was the special one. She had been turned in to a shelter - I can’t imagine why - but i think we made up for that. She loved and was loved until the end.
~ Carol Harrington
In Loving Memory of Rooney Fries - November 2015
Rooney Fries came to his forever home from Houston Schnauzer Rescue in July of 2003. After a quick name update (he came to us as Gumbo since he was rumored to have been found wandering along I-10 in Louisiana), he took his place as a beloved member of the family.
A traveling man, Rooney was lucky enough to visit a good amount of the country with our family and was an experienced in-cabin flyer. Whether he was walking along the seawall in Ft Lauderdale, exploring a stream in Colorado, playing with our neighbors at the West Webster dog park, or hanging out with his people floating on his ‘raft’ on Lake Livingston, Roons was always part of the fun and the center of attention. Age finally caught up with him in early November and he passed away peacefully at the F.M. 1960 Animal Hospital. He will be especially missed this holiday season.
~ John Fries
In Loving Memory of Vanna Devaney-Conley - November 2015
My precious Vanna...or as she was affectionately known Vanna Shania Savannah Banana Devaney-Conley....crossed the Rainbow Bridge at 1:50 pm today, the same way she did everything else in her life...on her own terms, in her own time.
Dennis and I welcomed Vanna into our home in the summer of 2011 as a temporary foster while Marilyn was on vacation. After her first night here, my husband said "You might as well call them now and tell them we're keeping her.." She has had my heart and soul from the moment she got here.
Not too long after, she was diagnosed with Acquired Immune Hemolytic Anemia and had to go for bloodwork every month due to the steroids she had to take for her condition. In November 2012, she and my mom were diagnosed with cancer. My mom's was lung cancer and Vanna had leukemia. More medications for her and the monthly bloodwork continued. Vanna then accompanied me back and forth to Corpus (and virtually everywhere else) for these last 3 years. She had 3 more bouts of cancer....in a toe, mammary gland, and most recently a fast growing cancer in her cheek. In her own time, she even came to love all 7 of my grandkids, even though kids were never "her thing."
I will miss her in her frilly summer dress, seeing her all snuggled up in her "princess bed," and just her sassy little demeanor as she bossed the bigger dogs around...my little Diva! She was one of a kind and I feel so blessed to have been her mom.
~ Lisa Devaney
In Loving Memory of Lady Strauss - September 2015
Lady loved her tiny stuffed toys, sitting in the sunshine, her friends Scout and Kiwi and sitting on my lap. We had almost 5 full years together, and she will always be lovingly in my heart. She will always be my Pookie Doodle, my Little Moonbeam, my Sweet Little Lady. Thank you Miniature Schnauzer Rescue Houston.
~ Jo Strauss
In Loving Memory of Noele Hays - June 2015
On the morning of June 4, 2015, I took Noele for her last ride to the Vet. She was in the last stages of kidney failure. So at a few minutes after 9:00am on June 4, 2015, Noele crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Marilyn had adopted Noele and the first time I came over to Marilyn's house, Noele came up to me and let me pet her. Marilyn said this was very unusual, since she was a one-person dog. When Marilyn went on vacation to California, I kept Simon, Perry and Noele.
When Marilyn came home from vacation, I told her that she could take the two boys, but I was keeping the little girl. Noele and my Schnauzer Lucas had bonded and looked like brother and sister from the same litter. Marilyn said okay! Noele became one of my family, but lacked social skills with other people. She barked at everyone else, except for Marilyn. I was given Noele's official adoption papers by Marilyn that Christmas.
Noele had cataracts and was also diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Over the years her seeing grew worse, but she relied on the sound of my voice to get around. In her own surroundings she knew where to go to her water and food bowls.
Noele lived a good life. She and Lucas would often play, and she never let Lucas get the best of her. She never liked play toys - she did not like the squeaking. She would take them from Lucas, and stash them under my bed - I found 20 or more hidden on various occasions.
Old habits still make me think I hear her collar tapping against the water bowl when she drinks... I still think I hear her little claws, as she walks across the kitchen floor looking for a tasty morsel, which may have dropped to the floor. When I look around the floor where her bed used to be... or open the cabinet to where her pills used to stay, Noele's spirit is still around. Although time will heal the hurt we feel, her little paw prints will always be embedded on our hearts! Miss you Baby Girl!
~ Herb Hays
In Loving Memory of Tootsie Stansfield - July 2015
I had Tootsie since a puppy. She was fourteen years old. I've had all breeds of dogs throughout my life.. She is the reason I fell in love with Schnauzers. I'm truly lost without her and deeply saddened. I will go straight to Rainbow Bridge and scoop up my beloved Tootsie when it is the end of my days. I love you forever and will always miss your love and companionship. My tears will turn to happiness and joy when I hold you again. May God bless you until then.
~ Donna Stansfield
In Loving Memory of Simon Davis - July 2015
Our baby, Simon Davis, left us today, July 15th and took a walk over the rainbow bridge. He was the light our lives and every day we looked forward to him greeting us at the door.
He was so sweet and he was our child I can’t express into words how much he is going to be missed. There is a void in our hearts and our home now. Every room in our home had a bed for him, because he would follow me where ever I went so we made sure he was comfortable. Except for the den, where he would jump on the couch, walk on the arm rest to get to my chair, where he sat and I watched TV and he was petted. If I stopped, he would nudge me with his nose to continue. He went on every trip we took, we never left him out.
We adopted him when he was 2, he just had a birthday and was 8 and passed due to a lung tumor (inoperable) that was blocking his airway and throat, along with his heart failure he was declining. We did everything we could medically to keep him with us. Our vet said that he could have maybe another 2 months, but he was in pain and stopped eating, we had to let him go.
We loved him with all our heart and the grief of his passing overwhelms us right now.
~ Becky Davis-Courtney and Jim Courtney
In Loving Memory of Ben - 2015
This is my favorite picture of Ben. He was about 3 when I adopted him and just over 16 when he went over the rainbow bridge. He had been surrendered and was a heart broken little guy when I adopted him. We adopted Mitzi 3 days later and they were immediately BFFs. Unfortunately we lost Mitzi to a brain tumor when she was only 4 1/2.
We adopted Sasha when we lost Mitzi. He loved plush toys that talked or sang. He was so sweet and loved everyone although, he didn't like many other dogs. He was especially enamored with kids. He was my sweet boy and he will always be in my heart.
~ Susan Konter
In Loving Memory of Sable Harrington
2000 – 2015
Sable and Angel came to us in 2006 – a pair of failed fosters – we couldn’t let them go. They had spent their lives outside with no attention or love, but I hope we made up for that. Sable was one of the easiest dogs I have ever had, never causing any problems, always pleasant and loving. If she had a fault it was that exactly 3 hours on any trip in the car, she would throw up. She was also known as “Big Momma” because she took care of all the other dogs, washing their eyes and ears. Everyone loved her, she was the favorite of all my friends so we will all miss her.
In Loving Memory of Shelby Lynn Plunk
July 1, 2001 – August 4, 2014
Adopted June 2005
Shelby’s previous owners decided one day that they could no longer keep her and asked MSRH to please take her. This precious little girl had been kept outside for 2 years. Shelby was very laid back and quiet. She was very shy, maybe from the way she had been treated in the past. However, Shelby loved riding in the car and was always the first one in the back seat when we got ready for a ride. She was so very smart and loved going on walks as long as she knew she could come right back in through the doggy door. Shelby passed due to complications from bladder stone removal and it came as quite a shock to our family. Shelby, you are in our thoughts and missed every day.
Don and Sandra Plunk
In Loving Memory of Shotzie Thompson-Garrett
September 9, 2002 - September 24, 2014
Adopted July 27, 2012
We have lost our sweet Shotzie. Shotzie came to us after her daddy Scott Thompson left this life, and he has been waiting, patiently, to join her on the other side. Her poor little heart could not go on any longer. The time she has been with us, she has been loved and adored, without question. From the minute my husband, Bruce, picked her up, there has been no greater love, than the one between her second daddy and her. We knew taking an older girl, would lead to heartbreak much sooner than we would want, but we do not regret one single moment she has been in our lives. We will meet her again and Scott will just have to share.
We love you sweet Shotzie.
Sharon and Bruce Garrett
In Loving Memory of Henry Winkler Strouse
2006 - January 18, 2014
Henry was picked up in south Houston just roaming around, someone had apparently abandoned him. He was picked up on Halloween eve and at the vet office the next day the girls wanted to name him something that went with HW (Halloween) so they named him Henry Winkler. We fostered him nursing him through the heart worm treatment. We immediately fell in love with him and adopted him. Henry was sweet, quiet and a loving gentlemen. He loved to travel in the RV going all over the U.S. It didn’t matter to him if we brought home another rescue to foster, he was always an easy going boy. The last few months of his life he developed liver problems which finally took him over the Rainbow Bridge to be with our Hunter, Hans, Ana and many other babies.
RIP sweet baby boy we miss you.
Mom, Dad, KC, Layla, Sissy and Reiko
In Loving Memory of Sterling Klahn
Adopted February 2006 - 25 July 2013
We adopted Sterling from MSRH about 7 years ago. He loved going to the dog park and taking walks, and he hated getting wet. When our first son was born, we wondered how Sterling would react to the change. Turned out he was very tolerant and gentle, and continued to be when our second son was born. He got used to the noise, the tail-tugging, and the dressing up that comes with being a playmate of two young children. Although we knew he was getting older, his passing came unexpectedly and we are all grieving his loss tremendously. Our many thanks to MSRH for bringing him into our lives. He left his paw-prints all over our hearts.
Christina, Steve, Michael & Ethan Klahn
In Loving Memory of Gradie "Bear" McElroy-Petterson
2006 - July 2015
Gradie came to us on Memorial Day weekend looking for his "forever" home. By the time he had made his way in to the car, he had found it - we adopted him that Monday! The world's sweetest mini-schnauzer arrived at our house via loving foster parents, who were rehabilitating him after a bacterial infection that left him with a severe heart murmur.
With the help of our awesome vet, Dr. Brannon, and our other mini-schnauzer, Chase, we slowly built Gradie's endurance, with short walks and trips up and down the stairs. Unfortunately, after 5 weeks, he was diagnosed with severe anemia and liver cancer, complications from which ultimately claimed him in the evening of Thursday, July 16, 2015.
Gradie departed in style for his next assignment, (he had recently accepted an offer to assume the post of: "Big Schnauzer in the Sky") surrounded by those whom he loved, while listening to a world-renowned classical cellist and licking the crumbs of (his very own!) perfect, fresh (and most importantly, chocolate!) macaron from his lips. Always a stickler for appearance, he wore his favorite bespoke bow tie, had been washed and combed the day before, and was relaxing on his favorite blanket next to a just-bloomed, hand-cut, white lily.
Although he was only our schnauzer for his last two months, it was an honor and a privilege to be his last love on this spinning blue ball. He will be sorely missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gradie's name to MSRH.
~ Tracy McElroy
In Loving Memory of Sam - May, 2015
I have had dogs most of my life. I suppose that I never really knew how great a friend a dog could be until I got my first Miniature Schnauzer. His name was Max and he was with us from December 1997 until December 2008. I was sure that he was the very best dog ever and so I decided not to try to find a new dog...
But this story is about Sam...he was Heinrich when he was with MSRH...
After a while I thought why not look for another dog. My search led me to MSRH and in September 2011 I drove to Houston and adopted Sam. Was he a better dog than Max had been? No, but he was every bit his equal. Sam died on May 22, 2015 from pancreas failure. I love him and miss him.
~ Ken Larson
In Loving Memory of Sadie Garrett
October 31, 2006 - February 10, 2015
Adopted February 15, 2009 from MSRH
The angels have taken another angel. Our sweet little Sadie has moved over the rainbow bridge. When we met her at her foster mom’s house, we knew she and those long sweet ears belonged to us. She was the queen bee and kept our other four schnauzers in line with love and patience. She loved to run and every toy was hers and you could only borrow it for a short time because she would go get it from you. She could sing with the best of them and her bark was always a little louder than the rest. Her daddy and I will miss her. But I know that she and Shotzie Thompson-Garrett are having a great time together. Running and sharing all the toys in heaven. We can’t wait to see you both again. We love you Sadie Sue.
Sharon and Bruce Garrett
In Loving Memory of Fritz Goodwin
Adopted January 2005 - June 20, 2014
Fritz was our first dog. He was very loved and had a great life. He loved the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, squirrel chasing, and riding in the car. He was born with a liver shunt, and was diagnosed with Lymphoma this past February. He remained upbeat and still loved playing with his ball, even though he was not feeling well.
We miss you deeply. He is survived by his best friend Ziggy, who we adopted from MSRH in April of 2013.
Mom and Dad
In Loving Memory of Chance Seed
We adopted our baby, Chance in 2005 from MSRH and lost him today. He was our beloved friend and part of our family. We will miss him sooo much.
Leanne Seed & Suzy Seed
In Loving Memory of Darwin Blankenship
My boy, Darwin, who just turned seven on the 12th of December, passed into God’s arms on December 21 after losing his fight with cancer of the liver. After not feeling well at dinner time, he waited long enough for me to get home to see him one last time. I gave him water with an eye dropper hoping it might help bring some relief. After sitting with him in his favorite chair, and rubbing his neck like he loves most, he took his last breath. We will miss you so much, Darwin.
In Loving Memory of Mocha & Scuba Miles
Scuba – 2000 - February 26, 2013
Mocha – 2001 - September 14, 2013
Our two little “girls” are in Doggie Heaven. We lost our first little girl on February 26, 2013 at age 12 years and 9 months from a sudden heart attack. We got her when she was only 6 weeks old and oh so cute! Her name was Scuba.
Now we have lost our second little girl. Her name was Mocha and she and Scuba were inseparable. We adopted Mocha when she was 1 year old from a relative. Mocha had her first heart attack last Christmas day, 2012. She was put on meds immediately and was doing pretty good up until the past month or so. Her breathing became just too hard and she suffered another heart attack about a week before. She passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2013, (she was also 12 years and 9 months old) and is now with Scuba once again.
Mocha is the doggie in the front of the picture and Scuba is in the back. Mocha was around 20 lbs and Scuba was around 12 lbs. So, Mocha was always the “boss” and Scuba was our spunky little girl with an attitude!
This has been extremely hard on both my husband and I and we will never forget either of them. We have now fostered 17 minis for MSRH and over the years; both Scuba and Mocha enjoyed having new doggies to play with. We will continue to be Foster parents for the minis and maybe that will help us to get over this sad time.
With Much Love,
Sherry Miles & Mike Harness
In Loving Memory of Ana Strouse
2001 - June 3, 2013
Our Angel Ana passed over the Rainbow Bridge on Monday, June 3rd. She was about 12 years old. She was precious, sweet, very loving and beautiful, loved by all. Ana was unique, she had round ears. Sherry Eitel always said she had a backyard job done on them. They said she looked like Minnie Mouse or a Koala Bear. She loved to travel in our RV and had been all over the US with us. We got Ana in 2006 from MSRH. Sherry Eitel had her spoiled, we can blame it on her! You couldn’t help but love her, she had a wonderful, loving personality. She could melt you with her eyes and what a flirt with those eyelashes. We know she is with our other Schnauzers and doggies we have lost through the years. We miss her so. Take care of our Angel God. We will see you again.
Rest in Peace Baby.
Mom, Daddy, Henry, Layla, KC and Sissi
In Loving Memory of Hunter Strouse
October 7, 2009 - January 12, 2013
Adopted 30 June 2010
Our sweet little man Hunter passed over the Rainbow Bridge on 1-12-13. We picked him up from the Huntsville Animal Shelter the day he was to be put down on Oct. 7, 2009. He weighed 10 pounds. What a sick little boy he was; so sick we were afraid he wouldn’t even make to the vet. After weeks of care from Sherry Eitel and ourselves we got him stabilized. Dr. Dayton found several compressed vertebras in his back and neck. He told us he thought he had been severely beaten. He also had big scars on the top of his head. But he was a very loving little man. He loved to be held in your arms. He would just melt in your arms, press his head to your chest and look up at you with his beautiful, trusting eyes. We miss him so. My very last words to him were “we love you” He looked up at me and I could see the love he had for us in his eyes. Rest in peace little Man. We love you, tell Hans we miss him also.
Mom, Dad, Ana, Layla and Henry
In Loving Memory of Candy Lyn Plunk
December 13, 2005 - December 31, 2012
Adopted April 20, 2007
Candy Lyn was born with a hepatic portal liver shunt and was very lucky that a kind animal service officer asked if she could try to place her with a rescue instead of putting her down. Luckily MSRH responded, raised the needed money and had the corrective surgery performed. After speaking with Karen Coleman I had the special opportunity to adopt and make Candy Lyn a part of our family in Dallas. We did not change the name she came to us with as she was simply made for her name. She was very regal and dignified throughout her short life and we always felt that we needed Candy Lyn more than she needed us. We nicknamed her the Princess; I know she really was royalty and we loved spoiling her even more. We traveled in the car everywhere together. She loved riding more than anything else and her Schnauzer sisters knew not to get in the Princess’ space in the back seat. We made many trips to Houston during her short life and she received excellent care from Dr. Dayton and his special team. However life is not always fair and Candy Lyn was tired and in her very dignified manner, simply decided she did not want any more needles, pills or yucky, bland food. She died in my arms on New Year’s Eve. I so wish we had more time together, but I am thankful for having her in my life and would give anything to simply rub those velvet ears once more. We will miss you Candy Lyn.
Sandra & Don Plunk